Nostalgia-laced imagination and intriguing historic detail distinguished Jen Shieff’s debut The Gentlemen’s Club, earning rave reviews. Now fans will be pleased to see Jen’s standalone sequel, The Vanishing Act.
Respectable appearances hide the blackest of secrets in this meticulously crafted and highly-readable murder mystery set amongst Auckland’s academic set and navigating the brothels and avenues of the city.
This is a spicy tale of intrigue set in 1960s New Zealand, where society’s constraints and the laws of the day made outcasts of lesbians and prostitutes.
Rosemary Cawley is used to hiding. With a penchant for beautiful women, such as gorgeous art tutor Judith Curran, the well-heeled art lecturer knows she must keep the blinds drawn.
After all, her love life led to her being banished from London to Auckland by her ultra-conservative, upper-crust family. She thinks she has it all under control until someone starts to blackmail her, threatening to expose a shameful, dreadful episode in her past.
General practitioner George Abercrombie and university registrar Alistair Dunstan are two old friends bedevilled by their greed for money and sex.
Surreptitious photographs of women undressing, stolen money hidden in a floor safe – where will it end?
In walks Rosemary. Will she be the undoing of them both, or will their unwanted attentions and intimidation drive her over the edge? When Dr Abercrombie is murdered, Inspector Maynard cranks up the heat. Will he solve the case, or will somebody crack first?
Author bio: Jen Shieff
This is Jen Shieff’s second novel, a standalone sequel to The Gentlemen’s Club (Mary Egan Publishing, 2015), which went straight to the Nielsen Indie Top 20 and Weekly Bestseller lists, before being shortlisted for a New Zealand Crime Fiction Ngaio Marsh Award for best first novel
Jen lives and writes in Turangi, where the bubbling mud of the Volcanic Plateau inspires her on a daily basis to think what might possibly have been just below the surface of apparently ordinary life at different times in New Zealand’s recent past.
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